Band Announcements

There is no elementary school on Thursday March 8th or Friday March 9th due to parent/teacher conferences. OPS will be on spring break March 12th-16th. School resumes on Monday March 19th.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this week at Prairie Wind. Because I teach at six different schools I will be unable to attend conferences at Prairie Wind. I do apologize for this inconvenience. However, I would still love to speak with you about your child's progress in band lessons! If you would like to have a phone or email conference with me, please contact me to schedule a time that will work for everyone involved.

Band students have learned many, many new concepts duringthe 3rd quarter! Students are putting these new musical skills to good use as they begin learning new sheet music. This music is generally longer in length but much more fun to play than the shorter tunes in the Sound Innovations book. Below are some reminders about the sheet music: 

Sheet music is very expensive- students should not lose or damage the music! OPS has purchased one copy of the sheet music for each Prairie Wind Band student. The expectation is that all sheet music be returned before the end of the school year. Please know that parents/guardians will need to pay to replace sheet music that is lost or damaged so it cannot be used again in future school years.

All Prairie Wind Band students will continue to learn this fun sheet music throughout the 4th quarter. Students who demonstrate they can proficiently play the sheet music and exhibit the behavior expected from a responsible band student will be invited to participate in the Northwest Area Concert on Tuesday May 1st, 2018 in the Northwest HS Gymnasium. This concert will begin at 7:30 pm- participating students should plan to arrive at 7:00 pm. More information will be sent home in April about this concert. 

Students can practice the sheet music using the recordings at the very bottom of this webpage under the Sheet Music Recordings tab. Note that there are slow tempo, medium tempo and fast tempo recordings for all songs except Midnight Sky (this song is too slow to slow down any more!).

 In order for students to borrow this sheet music, a Permission to Use Sheet Music form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned. This form must be returned before any sheet music can be loaned to any band student. CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Permission to Use Sheet Music form.  

Practice is an essential component to building any skill. Learning to play a band instrument is no exception. Beginning band students should be practicing about 10-15 minutes a day (total of about 60-80 minutes per week). Students should keep track of their practice time on the band calendar. The next practice check is scheduled for Wednesday March 7th. 

Are you confused about what day your child should bring their instrument to school for band lessons? Trust me- you are not the only one! To help students and parents remember to bring their instruments on the correct days I will be using the Remind app this year. Please see the letter in the PRAIRIE WIND BAND DOCUMENTS section at the bottom of this page for instructions on how to sign up for this email/text message reminder service. Signing up is completely voluntary but may be a great way to help you and your child plan more efficiently for band lesson days.

Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you have about band lessons.

-Mr. Cosby

Prairie Wind Band Schedule

No School
Start Date/Time:
Thursday, March 8, 2018
End Date/Time:
Friday, March 9, 2018
Recurring Event:
One time event
Normal Priority
Owned by Tom Cosby On Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Prairie Wind Band Documents

 Title Description
Band Registration FormDownloadThis is the form all students must complete if they want to be in band this year. Please return the form to Mr. Cosby as soon as possible.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document describes the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band lesson at Prairie Wind.
Band Calendar- Feb/March/AprilDownloadThis calendar will help students remember when to bring their instruments to school for band lessons. Please post this calendar in your home to help your child remember! Students will also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
Information about REMINDDownloadThis letter explains all the details you need to know to use the REMIND app to receive email or text message reminders about band lesson days.
The Principal's Own Achivement ProgramDownloadThis document explains the achievement program and how students move forward in rank as they learn more skills on their instruments. There are also bonus achievements that can be learned (outlined on the 2nd page).
Rank Advancement ChartDownloadThis is the chart students will use to keep track of their rank advancements and bonus achievements for the Principal's Own Achievement Program.
1st Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter is to keep parents/guardians informed about band lessons. Information about conferences and the Winter Program is included in this letter.
2nd Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter inform parents about the sheet music we will be loaning to students during the 3rd quarter. Please sign and return as soon as possible.
3rd Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter informs parents about conferences, reminders about sheet music, and dates of possible upcoming performances.

How to Contact Mr. Cosby

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 402-491-0859


Band Lessons at Prairie Wind

Welcome to the Prairie Wind Band webpage! I am excited you have chosen to visit and learn more about band lessons at Prairie Wind... please feel free to explore this webpage to find out more about band lessons. The overview of band lessons document at the bottom of the page explains in detail the concepts that are taught at Prairie Wind in elementary band lessons. The calendar to the right shows the days there are band lessons. Please refer back to it often as I typically update the calendar at the beginning of each month. 

If you have any questions, concerns or you are just curious about your child's musical experience in band lessons, feel free to contact me at any time! My contact information is just below...

Happy Practicing!

Mr. Cosby